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INEAP: Bringing Agencies Together for Small Business

We have all heard the phrase, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.”  In the case of the Interagency Network of Enterprise Assistance Providers (INEAP), “winning” is defined as creating successful partnerships working for the benefit of small businesses in the United States.  INEAP was created to foster collaboration among the sometimes-viewed-as-disparate federal agencies and other entities tasked with improving the competiveness of US-based small business.  At a meeting a few years ago, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and the Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) created just such a collaboration, knocking down a few of the lack-of-coordination stereotypes and combining their individual core competencies and connections to collaborate with the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) in bringing new business opportunities to veteran-owned small businesses.  READ MORE